Certificate in Interior Décor - SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 4

Intake 1: 18/02/2019 to 14/06/2019 - Applications close 28/01/2019

Intake 2: 08/04/2019 to 02/08/2019 - Applications close 18/03/2019

Intake 3: 24/06/2019 to 18/10/2019 - Applications close 03/06/2019

Intake 4: 12/08/2019 to 06/12/2019 - Applications close 22/07/2019


One year fulltime

Up to three years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long.

Important Information; The Certificate in Interior Decor (Level 4) is expiring at the end of 2019 and is being replaced with the New Zealand Certificate in Interior Decor (Level 4).  2019 will be the final year of delivery for the current certificate and will require students to either complete their studies in 2018, 2019, or choose papers which will allow them to cross credit into the new NZ Certificate.

The new NZ Certificate will be shorter, 60 credits, or one full-time intake, compared to 120 credits, or two full-time intakes required for the current Certificate.  Part-time studies can take place over a longer period.

For returning students that will not be able to complete in 2019, there are a number of CID papers that are planned to be cross creditable into the new NZ Certificate.  These papers are: CID1, CID2, CID3, CID4, CID6, CID7, CID8 and CID11.

Further information on cross credits and the new programme will be provided when available.

Location: SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Credits: 120

This course will equip you with the ability to undertake interior design work to satisfy your personal needs and/or plan a career or enter into further study in areas which specialise in interior design.

Note: All papers are compulsory and must be completed in the order listed below

CID1 Design fundamentals (Level 3) 3 credits

This unit introduces you to what decoration is and also to the elements and principles of design, which are fundamental in providing order and reason to this field of creativity.

CID2 Design process (Level 3) 3 credits

This unit introduces you to the process of designing. You have now learnt about the elements and principles of design and how they can be analysed and manipulated in order to provide reason to a decorating solution. Now you will learn how to use these elements and principles to solve a decorating solution as a part of an entire project.

CID3 The dimensions of colour and light (Level 3) 12 credits

This unit introduces you to the elements of colour and light. Although these are only two of seven elements, they tend to be the easiest elements in a room to be easily identifiable and carry with them much emotional response, so they become important elements in the eyes of many clients.

In this unit you will learn to use these elements effectively and understand how they act upon each other in decoration. As a professional decorator should, you will learn exactly how to use colour schemes theoretically rather than with emotional response and understand how light will act upon colour.

CID4 Presentation techniques 1 (Level 3) 10 credits

This unit is concerned with introducing visual presentation techniques to students to aid in communication with prospective clients and professional designers.

CID5 Historical practice (Level 3) 12 credits

This unit familiarises students with the Australasian architectural heritage of houses. These individual styles are characterised by a combination of architectural features, each relating to specific, original historical periods. Clients commissioning decorating jobs expect a decorator to be able to identify the architectural heritage of a house and will often wish to use the style of a house and its period as a beginning point for a decorating theme.

CID6 Textile knowledge and selection of furnishings (Level 4) 7 credits

Knowledge of textiles, their range, characteristics, functions and cost is crucial to any decorator. Fabric for curtains, furnishings, carpets and many design accessories can often influence decorating decisions and play an important role in determining a decorating budget. This unit outlines fibre properties and fibre classification, applying this knowledge to the selection of furnishings. On completion of this unit you should be able to select fabrics for furnishings on the basis of their properties in a decorating situation.

CID7 Presentation techniques 2 (Level 4) 10 credits

We are not all artists and to expect all of us to be good at drawing is unreasonable, however, there are more avenues than just drawing to present ideas visually. It is important to have quick and effective methods for supporting your ideas on paper.

This unit builds on techniques learnt in CID4, Presentation Techniques Part 1, guiding students step-by-step through the task of reading building plans and drawing two-point perspective to scale.

CID8 Space planning and model construction (Level 4) 10 credits

This unit will also act as a point of summary of the course to date. Students will be asked to take a close look at what has been learnt to this point of the course and to understand the most important points of the lectures and how they should be used for further work in the course. This will allow them to realise how far they have progressed with the development of their skills in learning to satisfy full decorating briefs and solutions for case study clients.

CID9 Kitchen design and storage solutions (Level 4) 8 credits

This unit reveals the principles of good storage, functional spaces and surface finishes, focusing on their application in kitchen design. While storage is a problem in all parts of a home it is often most keenly felt in kitchens.

CID10 Product design (Level 4) 15 credits

This unit addresses the finer aspects of interior decorating: accessories, art and furniture. Each of these fundamentals has something to contribute to the theoretical value of an interior space. The history of furniture styles is a very complex area of study and this unit will not attempt to cover it in depth, simply because it is not as entwined in our style of decorating as in perhaps Europe. Thus we will cover those most influential pieces that have made their name into modern interiors.

CID11 Professional practice (Level 4) 15 credits

This unit introduces you to the professional practise of an interior decorator. You will learn to apply budgeting skills to decoration projects and also to prepare yourself for the issues of project work and consultation with respect to workplace safety and ethical behaviour. You will also revisit the elements and principles of design, prior to commencing the major design task of this course, which will be planned and commenced in this unit and completed in CID12 before submission.

CID12 Developing business skills (Level 4) 15 credits

This unit prepares you for the task either of seeking employment opportunities or setting up a consultancy business. The unit focuses predominantly on setting up your own business, giving you the skills to search out and apply some of the practical, legal, financial, organisational, ethical and health and safety aspects of working as an Interior Decorator.

  • All other modules must be completed prior to, or at the same time as, studying CID12.

The Zero Fees Scheme applies to this course, so there are no tuition fees as long as you are a New Zealand citizen, resident/permanent resident (residing in NZ), BUT there is a student direct material cost per credit of study undertaken, plus a non-refundable administration cost of $50.00 for each application processed, and the required textbook/s listed below. You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to retain your Zero Fees Scheme entitlement.

Zero Fees Scheme – applies to NZ citizens and residents/permanent residents (residing in NZ). 2019 Cost (NZ$) $7.00 per credit + admin cost of $50.00 per application (e.g. $700.00 for 100 credit course) - includes GST

International Students $100.00 per credit

Payments must be paid by the due date shown on the invoice.

Art Kit

An art kit will be supplied to learner at the beginning of their first enrolment in the programme the cost of $50 is included in the CID1 student direct material costs and is non-refundable.


Assignments must be submitted via post. The cost for the postage is the responsibility of the learner and is not included in the student direct material costs.

Withdrawals & Transfers

  • Early withdrawals within the first week of the intake starting are entitled to a full refund of the Student Direct Material Costs but not the non-refundable administration cost of $50.
  • Withdrawals have to be requested within 75% of the intake, withdrawals after the early withdrawal date are not eligible for a refund.
  • Transfer requests have to be within the first two weeks of the intake starting and will incur a $50 transfer fee. Transfers can only occur to a subsequence intake within the same calendar year.

All SIT2LRN courses are approved by Studylink. Any queries regarding Studylink allowances, loans, and terms and conditions should be made directly to Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or

Graduates will have interior décor and business knowledge, as well as skills required for selection, coordination and presentation to clients, and decoration of interiors.

A graduating student could be expected to undertake employment in the following areas:

  • Sales
  • Merchandising
  • Customer service
  • Self-employment

All applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in interior design, and academic attributes which show they have a reasonable likelihood of successful completion of the programme.

School Leavers

School leavers should have completed NCEA Level 1 with eight or more credits in each of at least two of the following subject areas: English, Mathematics, Art, Graphics.

Mature Applicants

Mature students should be over 20 years of age at the commencement of the programme, and should meet the criteria above.

English Language Requirements

Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL);or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand,,Australia,Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment

IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill.
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 3 (Academic) b) Level 3 (Applied)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
Language Cert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than pass in any band

* New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current

Full time study

Full time study is completing 57 credits in first enrolment and 63 credits in your second enrolment. Full time acceptance into the programme is at the Programme Manager’s discretion.

Part time study

The number of credits selected per intake should depend on work, family, and other commitments.

The following study paths are guides only; students may do fewer or more papers, time permitting.

Art Kit

An art kit will be supplied to learner at the beginning of their first enrolment in the programme the cost of $50 is included in the CID1 student direct material costs and is non-refundable.


Assignments must be submitted via post. The cost for the postage is the responsibility of the learner and is not included in the student direct material costs.


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Additional information

  • As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours study within an intake period.  Click HERE to download a Study Load Calculator (spreadsheet).
  • All papers selected within a particular intake must be completed within that intake unless a transfer is requested (conditions apply; see FAQs).
  • Online enrolments are on a year by year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes in one enrolment.  Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students.  There is no automatic enrolment rollover. 

All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive an Important Infomation Booklet that includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.

Facilitator Assistance:  During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only).  All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study.  Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2nd week of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme.  Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.

Progress reports are sent out 6-8 weeks after the end of each intake.

We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for further study and enrolment information.

Please use the following checklist to ensure that all relevant information and documentation has been included. Remember, your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide us with.  Processing of your application will be delayed if we need to come back to you for missing information.

  • I have read all sections of the Programme Information on this page
  • I have read the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions section
  • I have met all admission criteria for the programme (found under Application Criteria)
  • I have met all the criteria for individual papers (found under Course Content).
  • I have selected the paper(s) I wish to study
  • I have selected intake(s) (I have selected alternate intakes rather than overlapping intakes)
  • I know my intended payment method
  • If my organisation/company is paying for my studies, I have a completed and approved purchase order to attach to my online application.  I am aware that should my organisation or company not pay my fees, these will become my responsibility.
  • I have completed and attached a cross credit form (if applying for a cross credit)
  • New students – I have provided an active NSN in the name I am enrolling in or I have verified ID and will attach it to my online application.
  • New students – I will attach academic documentation (NZQA record of achievement/academic transcripts/certificates).  These do not need to be verified. (If you do not have any academic documentation to support your application, please attach a comprehensive CV outlining your education and work experience).
  • An art kit will be supplied to learner at the beginning of their first enrolment in the programme. The cost of $50 is included in the CID1 student direct material costs and is non-refundable.
  • Assignments must be submitted via post. The cost for the postage is the responsibility of the learner and is not included in the student direct material costs.
  • I have computer access,  an Internet connection and access to software to create electronic documents e.g. Microsoft Word or Open Office

What is the Zero Fees Scheme?

The Zero Fees Scheme means we do not charge tuition fees. However, there is a Student Direct Material Cost that you need to pay and a non-refundable administration fee. The administration fee is for processing your application and the Student Direct Material Cost gives you secure access to Blackboard® our online learning environment and to student support services throughout your study with us.

Who qualifies for the Zero Fees Scheme?

  • A New Zealand citizen completing the full qualification or 
  • An Australian citizen/New Zealand Resident or Permanent Resident who will be residing in New Zealand for the duration of your enrolment.

Instructions to help you with your application:

  1. Read the Programme Information on this page and the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions and find out if you meet the application criteria for both the programme and the unit/s you wish to study.
  2. Check your eligibility for Zero Fees. If you are not eligible to study under this scheme, please call
    0800 748 257 for further options.
  3. Complete your online enrolment checking that:

If you are a new student …

  • Provide an active NSN number in the name you are enrolling in (contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 to get your NSN number if you do not know it);
  • If you do not have an active NSN, then attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling in.
  • If you are a Resident or Permanent resident of NZ, please provide a copy of proof of residency;
  • Attach all academic documentation to support your application including copies of any certificates of courses you have undertaken / NZQA record of achievement / transcripts / CV;

Attach supporting documents as required and outlined on the previous page.

  1. Please check that you have included all the required information and supporting documents.  Your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide.  Missing information will delay the processing of your application.
  2. Please scan and email all additional documentation to

What happens next?

  • You will receive an automatic email confirmation when we receive your online application. Processing may take up to three weeks. However, we will get in touch with you sooner if we require further documentation.
  • Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a conditional offer of acceptance with an invoice and instructions on how to make payment.
  • Once we have received your payment (or if you have opted to pay by Credit Card, Student Loan or Purchase Order) you will be sent an Enrolment Confirmation Letter and Important Information Booklet. Closer to the start of the intake you will receive a Time To Get Started Letter which will give you all the necessary information, tools and guidance to start your study with us.

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed the qualification of Certificate in Interior Décor they must have completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments, successfully completed assessment requirements for all modules, and achieved a total of 120 credits as specified in the programme schedule. The timeframe for completion of this programme is three years.

Assessments for this course may include written reports, theoretical statements, 3D modelling, paintings and drawings. For each unit, the assessment activity is generally made up of three parts – a research task, a training activity and a design task. As a part of your assessments you will be required to conduct interviews and use a variety of resources to obtain product samples and investigate related services.

There are no exams or online tests for this course.

Textbooks are not required for this programme. All of the information you need will be provided through the Study Guides and recommended online readings.

Please note that textbooks need to be ordered at least 3-4 weeks prior to the commencement of your study